Sunday, November 02, 2008

GLBT DIGEST - November 02, 2008

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New York Times
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-The Nation: Back to the Ramparts in California
Some audiences for the upcoming film "Milk," about the slain San Francisco supervisor and gay politician Harvey Milk, will certainly be inspired by his fight against Proposition 6, a 1978 California ballot measure that would have expelled gay teachers from the state's public schools. Others less entranced with Mr. Milk's politics will, no doubt, be less impressed.

Florida Blade
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-Murder-suicide in Boynton Beach
Carol Ann Burger kills ex-partner Jessica Kalish
Boynton Beach Police say Carol Anne Burger murdered her former wife Jessica Kalish in the garage of the house the two women shared Oct. 22. According to police Burger, stabbed Kalish more than 222 times with a screwdriver and then abandoned the body in Kalish's BMW about two miles away from the home. Burger--who had a history of clinical depression, yet refused to take medication, "obviously was out of her mind," according to police. Well, yes, that would be true. Obviously.

The Advocate
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-Bill Clinton Gets on the Phone to California Voters
If you live in California, former president Bill Clinton may be giving you a ring. The 42nd president's voice can be heard on robocalls made to California voters urging them to vote no on Proposition 8: "This is Bill Clinton calling to ask you to vote 'no' on Proposition 8 on Tuesday, November 4th. Proposition 8 would use state law to single out one group of Californians to be treated differently -- discriminating against members of our family, our friends, and our coworkers.

Marriage Equality News
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-Obama featured in deceptive Yes on 8 ad
Source: Pam's House Blend
You knew this was coming. The well-known position of all the top-tier Democrats in 2008 regarding marriage equality has been 1) leave it to the states and 2) they personally believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. While we all know these positions are clearly a nod to the nationwide polls that show the numbers out there do not yet support extending the right to marry to gays and lesbians, these nonsensical positions (#1 will be decided by SCOTUS, and #2 conflates religious and civil marriage) leave Obama/Biden open to this sort of message hijacking. (Michael Petrelis):

-Canadian Anglicans to keep blessing gays despite schism threat
Source: PageOneQ
Canada's Anglican bishops sidestepped a request from the worldwide Anglican Communion to stop blessing gay marriages for now, despite warnings that failure to do so would imperil Anglican unity. The bishops issued a statement Friday saying "a large majority" of them could affirm "a continued commitment to the greatest extent possible" to a moratorium on the blessing of same-sex unions until the Canadian church's general synod in 2010. But the statement did not commit the entire Anglican Church of Canada to agreeing to the request made in August by the once-a-decade Lambeth Conference of global Anglican leaders.

Pink News - UK
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-Analysis: The complex system that elects a US President
In most democratic countries, the people vote and either through first past the post or a form of proportional representation, a government or leader is elected. The United States has an Electoral College, established by the founding fathers as a compromise between election of the President by Congress and election by popular vote.

Forwarded from Kenneth Sherrill - Ken's List
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-This week's Gay City News features an op-ed on the Republican fight for marriage and safe schools by Log Cabin's Legislative Advisor, Jeff Cook.
Click here to view the piece.

-White House Challenges Validity of 200,000 Registered Voters In Ohio
In a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey this week the ACLU demanded the Department of Justice (DOJ) reject a White House request to challenge 200,000 registered voters in Ohio.

-The capital and largest city of the Czech Republic, Prague is the seat of the country's legislative, administrative, business, and cultural institutions, as well as the hub of its gay and lesbian life and the center of its glbtq political movement.

-Women who Cross-Dress generally do so for reasons quite different from those that motivate men to cross-dress. These historically and culturally significant women have worn male attire to accomplish many different goals.

-Butch-femme identities are controversial and difficult to define with precision, but both roles subvert prescribed gender and sexual expectations; ultimately, the butch-femme dynamic is a unique way of living and loving.

-Yes on 8's Obama mailer
This direct mail piece hit my mailbox yesterday, along with lots of other mailboxes around CA, and the piece is generating some buzz on the web

-Virginia: The Gay Mafia That's Redefining Politics,8599,1854884,00.html


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